HSS Social Worker, Brachial Plexus in New York, New York


Social Worker, Center for Brachial Plexus and Nerve Injury

Hospital for Special Surgery

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Social Worker, Center for Brachial Plexus and Nerve Injury (CBP), is to assess depression and post-trauma symptoms, and other psychological conditions, in the Brachial Plexus and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome patient population, and provide supportive interventions and referrals, as needed. Prevention through psycho-education regarding trauma will be provided. The Social Worker will work closely with the health care team in support of optimal health outcomes. The Social Worker will participate in the collection and analysis of data for research purposes, to identify issues prevalent in this population, providing a model of evidence-based best practices.

The position reports to the Associate Director, Department of Social Work Programs. The position is part-time, 21 hours weekly.

Specific Functions:

  • Provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments for referred patients during CBP clinic (including assessing understanding of concerns regarding treatment, and barriers to adherence).

  • Assess patients for depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress, as well as other psychological conditions, utilizing screening instruments when appropriate.

  • Provide patient/family support and referrals as needed--prioritizing acute and urgent needs, including suicidal ideation, severe depression, and current substance abuse--throughout the course of their care.

  • Develop social work treatment plans, intervene and follow-up with patient, family and health care team, as needed, to ensure optimal outcomes.

  • Provide documentation of initial assessment and follow-up interventions for health care team communication and generate appropriate reports to track contacts and outcomes.

  • Collaborate with physicians, nurses, social work case management and office managers for a streamlined and integrated patient experience.

  • Participate in case conferences/CBP meetings, to share relevant interdisciplinary communication to assist with an integrative approach to care.

  • Develop resource directory of relevant needed resources, including providers/services targeted for the needs of CBP patients.

  • Participate in research initiatives on psychosocial impact, needs and best practices related to the care of CBP patients, including findings from standardized assessment measures.


Experienced, self-directed LCSW with minimum of 3-5 years of post-masters experience in health care/hospitals, with specific trauma-related training and experience. Excellent verbal and written skills, and a team building, systems orientation.

Job ID2018-10552

CategorySocial Workers

Emp StatusRegular Part-Time

Hours per Week21